Invitation to the Svante Pääbo Lecture
Open to the public
Friday June 7, 2013 at 18:15
Speaker : Svante Pääbo
A Neanderthal Perspective on Human Origins
Svante Pääbo, Ph.D., director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; honorary professor of genetics and evolutionary biology, University of Leipzig; guest professor of comparative genomics, University of Uppsala.
Svante Pääbo studies the genetic underpinnings of human evolution. He was instrumental in determining DNA sequences for extinct creatures including mammoths, ground sloths and Neanderthals, and directs efforts to sequence the entire Neanderthal genome. He also studies the comparative genomics of humans and apes with regard to the evolution of traits such as language. Dr. Pääbo received his Ph.D. from the University of Uppsala in 1986. From 1990 to 1998 he was full professor of general biology at the University of Munich. In 1997, he became director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Dr. Pääbo is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the American National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of a Max Delbrück Medal and a Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, among other honors.
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